Smoothie King co-founder Steve Kuhnau began mixing fruit, nutrients, and proteins in the late 1960’s, in a successful attempt to assuage his own health conundrums. By 1973, he’d begun selling vitamins alongside his health-boosting concoctions, and soon, more than 600 Smoothie King locations were operating worldwide. Today, the shop’s patrons customize real apple, mango, and banana smoothies with sundry health-bolstering mix-ins. More than 70 blendable multi-vitamins, minerals, enzymes, nutrients, and amino acids fortify frosty smoothies, helping bodies to stay healthy or lift semi-trucks. Snacks such as veggie chips and high-protein cookies augment shakes in both health and deliciousness.
The chefs at Papi Chulo’s Mexican Restaurant get to work early every morning, firing up griddles to craft Mexican breakfast omelets and tacos. They continue to make breakfast dishes throughout the day, but switch gears to begin seasoning carne asada, pastor, and chicken to fill enchiladas, fried burritos, and tacos. As in any traditional taqueria, meats also include beef tongue, tripe, and carnitas, shredded pork generally stewed in coriander, onions, and lime. Straws dip into glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice, and Mexican sodas cool hands like a job prodding snowmen to see if they are magic.
My Favorite Muffin bakes up its namesake fare in a variety of flavors and also features an extensive list of savory deli fare. Fans of post-oven muffin batter are bestowed with a bounty of muffins made from scratch and prepared with soybean oil, creating tasty pastries whose cake parts contain less cholesterol than their butter-packed brothers. Choose from a list of 19 cup-sized cakes ($1.99 for a jumbo muffin or $1.80 for three mini muffins), including cherry cheesecake, banana nut, pumpkin spice, bran, and boston cream pie. Nutritional information for each creation at My Favorite Muffin is available online.
Saigon Café’s Vietnamese chef lends toothsome authenticity to a menu of traditional dishes. The noodlery boasts sandwiches ($2.95), rice dishes, vegetarian options, and a rainbow of bubble tea flavors, including papaya, mocha, watermelon, and love ($3.50).
In one rice-platter scenario, a battalion of rice stands guard for a char-grilled pork chop and egg-roll royalty ($6.95).
Turkey Gone Wild! It might sound like a surreal newspaper headline, but it’s actually just the name of one of Small Planet Delicatessen & Bakery's hot sandwiches. The gourmet creations are the deli’s specialty, and the aforementioned Turkey Gone Wild is a melty layering of turkey, white cheddar, purple onion, and avocado spread. The deli's New Planet sub also starts with turkey, but bulks up with hard salami, jalapeños, and pesto sauce, tucked between slices of jalapeño-cheese bread. Customers can also build their own sandwich from a diverse selection of breads, meats, and toppings that includes everything from sweet ham to artichoke hearts.
The rest of the menu boasts an international spread of deli- and bakery-inspired foods. There’s country french quiche and athenian gyros, mesquite-chicken quesadillas and kids’ personal pizzas. A tempting array of baked goods in single-serving sizes enables patrons to try just a slice of tuxedo-truffle cake, or a single white-chocolate-and-walnut cookie, the crumbs of which can be tossed in the air for a post-meal celebration.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry. Patrons can also enjoy real fruit sorbets, sugarless options, and more than 35 toppings and choose from soft-serve and hand-dipped flavors.